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Widescreen Weekend 2015
October 2015, Pictureville, Bradford, England

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Duncan McGregor – Curator, Widescreen Weekend Date: 20.05.2015
It may still be little way off, but Widescreen Weekend 2015 is starting to beckon. We’re delighted to say it will continue to tell the story of film through boundary-pushing technology and a myriad of spectacularly large format films that you won’t see anywhere else. This year’s event at the National Media Museum celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Todd-AO widescreen system with a showing of the first film made using the process – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award-winning Oklahoma! (1955). And it wouldn’t be Widescreen Weekend without our world-renowned Cinerama screen – we’ll be showing the European premiere of the digitally restored The Best of Cinerama (1962), meticulously handled by filmmaker and restoration expert David Strohmaier, who will be in attendance. This makes our Cinerama repertoire complete, as it is the only Cinerama film yet to be shown on Pictureville’s deeply curved screen. In addition, arguably the most popular of all the Cinerama films returns for a dynamic three-projector performance as we showcase How The West Was Won from a dazzling authentic print (1962).

The curved screen will also play host to Stanley Kubrick’s landmark sci-fi epic
2OO1: A Space Odyssey (1968). See it in 70mm – the only way it should be seen! Following its inception last year, the Museum continues its collaboration with BKSTS The International Moving Image Society as we again host the Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition, encouraging film schools to promote the unparalleled aesthetics and production values of widescreen filmmaking. WSW 2015, the 19th edition of the event, will continue to fulfil everyone’s passion for the best in large format filmmaking and cinema exhibition – the best is yet to come!

Douglas Trumbull's "Silent Running" screens in Bradford
2015 Widescreen Weekend Introduction
Douglas Trumbull
Wide Screen Weekend 2015
Widescreen Weekend 2015 / Widescreen 2016
The Magic of Large Format Cinema

11:00 An Introduction to Cinerama and Widescreen Cinema
18:00 Opening Night Delegate Reception (Kodak Gallery)
19:00 Oklahoma! DCP

09.45 Interstellar: Visual Effects for 70mm Filmmaking + Interstellar 7OMM
14.45 BKSTS Widescreen Student Film of The Year
17.00 Holiday in Spain (aka Scent of Mystery) DCP
19.45 Fiddler on the Roof DCP

09.50 A Bridge Too Far 7OMM
14:00 "Silent Running" (DCP)
14:30 Gigi 35MM
19:30 How The West Was Won (Cinerama)

09.30 The Best of Cinerama
12.30 Widescreen Aesthetics And New Wave Cinema
14:50 Cineramacana and Todd-AO
18.00 Keynote Speech: Douglas Trumbull – The State of Cinema
20.00 2OO1: A Space Odyssey 7OMM
20.00 The Making of The Magnificent Seven with Brian Hannan plus book signing and The Magnificent Seven (Cubby Broccoli)
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PDF: Widescreen Weekend 2015 Brochure

"Audience on Stage"

Widescreen Weekend, Bradford, England's Cinerama page

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